Thirty-four organizations in the Danbury area will receive $ 893,700 in state grants to help with recovery from the pandemic and support their work in service to the community.

They are among the 624 museums and cultural, human and artistic organizations in the state approved to receive $ 16 million in operating support grants from the CT Cultural Fund.

The grants are part of a $ 30.7 million allocation to support Connecticut Humanities – an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities – over the next two years by the General Assembly of the State, with funding provided by the office of the State Department of Community and Economic Development. Arts.

Organizations in the Danbury area have received grants ranging from $ 5,000 to $ 266,200, the latter of which was received by the Ridgefield Playhouse.


Over $ 76,000 in grants have been awarded to six Danbury organizations, with the highest allocation of $ 25,300 going to the Danbury Music Center at 256 Main Street.

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society will receive a grant of $ 19,700, which Executive Director Brigid Guertin says will be “extremely helpful in retaining the museum’s staff and programmatic efforts in these difficult financial times.”

“Having the support of the Danbury legislative team, working in partnership with our municipal museum, to bring these funds back to our community is greatly appreciated,” she said. “The Danbury Museum Board of Trustees, volunteers and staff are very grateful.”

Other city grant recipients are the Danbury Railway Museum ($ 11,600), Musicals at Richter ($ 8,600), the Society for Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing ($ 5,900) and Richter Arts ($ 5,600) ).

New Fairfield

Preserve New Fairfield – a group of local volunteers who work to preserve the city’s historic structures and artifacts – received a grant of $ 5,700, and the New Fairfield Historical Society is receiving a grant of $ 5,100.

The historical society plans to use its grant money to continue to maintain the Little Red Schoolhouse, provide educational opportunities, preserve historical photos and documents, and organize more events for residents.

“COVID has deeply affected our ability to organize events that support our mission,” historical society member Karen Keeler wrote on the organization’s Facebook page.


The Sherman Jewish Community Center received a grant of $ 10,200 and The Sherman Playhouse will receive $ 8,100.

New Milford

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble of New Milford is receiving a grant of $ 9,800, which Executive Director Liba Furhman says will be used to cover programming costs associated with the organization’s concerts for the upcoming season.

“This is our 40th anniversary,” she said, “and we are very grateful to Connecticut Humanities for supporting not only the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, but organizations across the state as well.”


The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will receive $ 6,700 to support the Bethel-based organization FilmFest52 and $ 5,500 for Bethel Jazz.

Circus Moves – a mobile circus arts education business on Greenwood Avenue – will receive $ 6,400, and the Bethel Arts community volunteer group will receive $ 5,300 in funding.


In addition to the Ridgefield Playhouse grant of $ 266,200, the following 12 Ridgefield organizations will receive funding:

• Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum: $ 112,300

• CT ACT – $ 106,800

• Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center – $ 42,900

• Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra – $ 22,600

• Ridgefield Theater Barn – $ 19,500

• Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra – $ 13,000

• Ridgefield Historical Society – $ 12,800

• Ridgefield Artists Guild – $ 11,000

• Thrown Stone Theater Company – $ 10,700

• The Ridgefield Choir – $ 9,000

• Camerata d’Amici – $ 6,200

• Town of Ridgefield – $ 5,100


The Brookfield Craft Center received a grant of $ 28,100 and the Brookfield Theater for the Arts will receive $ 9,100. Both organizations are located on Whisconier Road in the city’s historic district.

New city

The following five Newtown-based organizations will receive $ 73,000 in operating support grants from the CT Cultural Fund:

• Edmond Town Hall – $ 39,400

• New Arts – $ 15,200

• Newtown Cultural Arts Commission – $ 7,400

• Newtown Historical Society – $ 6,000

• EverWonder Children’s Museum – $ 5,000


The Redding Historical Society on Lonetown Road will receive a grant of $ 5,900.